Diving

Eyemouth, August 2018

This was our third successive year to Eyemouth. The diving was excellent before and we were hoping that it would be repeated. Steve organised the trip with DiveStay. We traveled up in pairs on Sunday 19th: Martin with Garry, Rob with Hugh and Jamie with Steve. We were put into DiveStay’s newly done-up rooms in The Ship for our B&B instead of The Home Arms but which was very comfortable, on the quayside and very convenient for our walk to ‘Wavedancer II’, our dive boat for five days. We all arrived about 7pm and went for the obligatory fish...

Farne Islands 2018

After a week of watching the weather and two days of checking sea conditions, the wait was over and finally after being booked a few months previously, six members of Marlin Sub-Aqua Club were in Seahouses ready to dive the Farne Islands. Steve, Jamie, Mike W, Dawn, Ellie and I (Rob) made the journey up on Friday the 20th of July 2018 to arrive just after 18:00, Mike W being a bit later obviously. We were staying in a bunkhouse called The Hides, located on the main road into town which was less than a mile away. The four...

45m wreck weekend, Eyemouth

Just two club members (Martin and Garry) joined this trip to the deeper wrecks that lie between the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland, and the Farne Islands in Northumberland. We dived and stayed with Marine Quest in Eyemouth. It took about 4.5 hours to get to Eyemouth on Thursday afternoon; we arrived in time for a pie and a pint at our usual haunt, the Contented Sole pub by the harbour. Over dinner we revisited our decompression and gas strategies, having opted for twinsets of helitrox (26/17) as back gas to minimise narcosis, and a...

“Best of the South West” trip 2018

Marlin Sub-Aqua Club, consisting of Steve, Garry, Martin and Rob, were back in Plymouth on the 2nd of July 2018 for the Best of South West tour with indeep diving. The setup and accommodation was the same as last year’s, so feel free to read last year’s report for this and I will carry on with the interesting stuff, like the diving! Only Steve and Garry were in Plymouth and diving on the Monday. Martin arrived later that evening and I began my journey at 03:30 the following morning. Tuesday 3/7/18 Today myself and Martin joined Steve and Garry...

Ghost Fishing in Plymouth

An edited version of this post was first published in the Ghost Fishing UK newsletter, June 2018, and is reproduced here with permission.Photographs © Ghost Fishing UK, used with permission. Truth be told, I was feeling nervous, sitting in my place on the boat. It had been a few months since Scapa Flow, where I’d become a ghost fisher. I’d kept in touch with the team, and even started a course to fine tune my buoyancy and propulsion. But now I was back, and wondering whether I was up to it. This time it was Plymouth, on the English...

Hill Hole Quarry: Crayfish rescue!

A little tired from four days diving in the sea off Plymouth; I’d driven back home the night before. Now the alarm was going off again. It was 6am. The sun was shining. Today was the second site in our Midland Pools Project: Hill Hole Quarry. Our aims, as before, were to investigate what lay beneath the water, do a preliminary survey, and remove what rubbish we could. We’d got permission to dive, and a key to the site, from Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. Rob and Ellie picked me up at 7.15am and we set off for Markfield....

Portland – June 2018

Staying at: The Bunker in Victoria Square, Portland Diving with: Scimitar   We traveled down on Wednesday 6th June all arriving at slightly different times but some as pairs. The team was big for Marlin Sub-Aqua Club with nine people: Hugh S, who organised the trip, Steve R, Mike C, Garry H, Mike W, Martin M, Dawn H, Pete F and Jamie V. Accommodation was arranged at The Bunker in Victoria Square, Portland for Wednesday and Thursday nights. It was adequate but crowded as there were two bunks (for four people) in each small room with a single sink...

Newbold Quarry: The first Midland pool

“We need to do some project diving this year,” said Martin, “do some work; more than just look at stuff down there. But local, something local.” “Why don’t we dive some quarries?” said Rob. Three months later, and we’re here: Newbold Quarry. The first day’s diving on the Midland Pools Project. (Well, these things need a name!) It had taken some effort to arrange: identify a site, make a reconnaissance trip, negotiate permissions (plural) to dive, develop a plan, risk assessment and method statement. We consulted our friends at Ghost Fishing – UK on the latter. We worried about...

Marsa Shagra, Egypt

At the end of November 2017 Ellie, Pete, Steve and myself (Rob) set off for a week at the Red Sea Diving Safari resort of Marsa Shagra. For those of you not in the know of this place Marsa Shagra diving village consists of accommodation ranging from tents to deluxe chalets, a main dining hall where you get all your meals buffet style, a bar and most important of all ‘the shade’ where you store your equipment, kit up and get cylinders from. The set up is basically turn up to dive when you want between opening hours which...

Eyemouth Trip Report 2017

We set off for the long drive on Sunday afternoon, the trip to Eyemouth is over 5 hours but with not too much traffic and most of us travelling in pairs it wasn’t too bad. On arrival we dropped our bags into the accommodation (three of us would be staying up the road at alternative accommodation due to repairs being required at the Home Arms) grabbed some fish and chips from across the road and headed to the pub for a drink.   Monday We boarded the boat after a proper full English breakfast for a gentle start to...